In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “The Modi government bulldozed amendments to the Forest Conservation Act during the monsoon session of the Parliament that evoked tremendous opposition and outrage across the country, even more so in the Northeast.”
“The Indian National Congress promises that the first session of the new Legislative Assembly of Mizoram led by the Congress party will pass a new Bill that guarantees to protect the land, the forests and the rights of the tribal people of the state. As forests are part of the concurrent list, this Bill will be sent to the President of India for assent under the provision of Article 254(2),” the Congress leader, who is in Mizoram, said.
He also said that this is what the “MNF government should have done immediately after the Monsoon session of Parliament but didn’t do because it dances to the tune of the BJP”.
“This is what the ZPM will never do as they are a party without an ideology, without a programme or an organisation for the people of Mizoram, and will compromise with the BJP in no time,” Ramesh added.
The voting for the 40-member Assembly in Mizoram is scheduled on November 7 and counting of votes will take place on December 3.